Job Opportunities - Wisconsin - Park Ranger Positions

Sep 21, 2021

The Bureau of Parks and Recreation Management is happy to announce that we have opened our park ranger recruitment. There are currently three positions: Mirror Lake State Park, Governor Tommy Thompson State Park, and Governor Dodge State Park that will be filled. However, we anticipate a number of additional park ranger positions across the state over the next six to twelve months to be filled by this recruitment.

Position Summary

The Park Ranger is primarily responsible for facilitating customer service, facility and grounds maintenance, education, and recreation management within state designated parks, forests, trails, and other lands managed by the Wisconsin State Park System within the Bureau of Parks and Recreation. The position will provide assistance with resource protection, and will work to manage public safety through maintenance and education, rule interpretation, and administrative activities within the assigned area. The Park Ranger will establish and maintain internal and external partnerships to include local government, local interests, and other key stakeholders to establish and promote outdoor recreation. To view the complete position description, click here.

Salary Information

Starting pay is $24 - $26/hour for this position ($49,920 - $54,080 annually). Pay on appointment for current or former state employees may vary based on the applicable provisions in the State Compensation Plan. Current State employees applying as a transfer applicant will require additional approvals for a pay increase.

This position is in Pay Schedule / Range 05-64. A 12-month probationary period may be required.

Job Details

Employment will require the selected candidate to pass a background check. DNR does not sponsor work visas, thus, in compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify eligibility to work in the United States by completing the required I-9 form upon hire.

All state employees are required to report their COVID vaccination status, whether vaccinated or not, and must provide supporting documentation if vaccinated. Newly hired employees will be required to submit this information within their first two weeks of employment.


Please describe the below qualifications in your resume and letter of qualifications to be considered:

Required qualifications for this position include experience in ALL of the following:

  • Customer Service -including handling customer complaints, conflicts, or other problem solving issues.

  • Grounds inspection, maintenance/ repair and use of related equipment (sign installation, trail maintenance/ grooming, public water supply) Be sure to include any earned certifications in equipment/ tools related to the job, etc.
  • Facilities/ buildings inspection, maintenance/ repair and use of related equipment (for work such as carpentry, wood working, masonry, plumbing for water distribution and electrical) Be sure to include any earned certifications in equipment/ tools related to the job, etc.

Best-qualified applicants will also have the following preferred qualifications:

  • An earned Associates degree or higher in facilities/grounds, repair/maintenance, parks/recreation, natural resources, or a related field.
  • Paid work experience with natural resources ecosystems, specific flora/fauna species common to outdoor parks and recreational areas or interpretation and/or natural resources education.

How To Apply

Click the “Apply for Job” button and follow the directions. You will be able to save your application as many times as needed and make edits up until the point you submit your application. Once you submit your application, you will not be able to make any updates to the application or any materials submitted.

Response Guidance: Your letter of qualifications and resume are very important parts of your application and are used during our evaluation process to determine your qualifications as they relate to the job. Your letter of qualifications and resume together must be limited to a maximum of four (4) typewritten pages total.

References are not necessary at this time.

For instructions on developing your resume and cover letter and what should be included in these materials, click here.

Please note that the Wiscjobs system will time you out after 30 minutes of inactivity, so be sure to save your work often to avoid having to re-start the application process.

NEXT STEPS: Your application materials will be evaluated by one or more job experts based on pre-determined criteria. The best-qualified candidates will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process. Please monitor your job cart and e-mail account (including the junk folder) for updates to the assessment process.


The job announcement which is been posted on Wisc.Jobs and found by searching for “park ranger” or by clicking here.

The deadline to apply for these positions and to be considered for positions authorized to be filled over the next six to twelve months is October 6, 2021.

If you have any questions, please contact Chief Ranger Chris Madison at . Please share this announcement with anyone you know that may have an interest in applying.

Thank you,

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Brian Hefty
Deputy Director – Bureau of Parks and Recreation
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Phone: 608-264-6035
Cell Phone: 608-576-1403
Fax: 608-267-7474


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